Erin Cunningham



2007    Master of Fine Arts, Studio Art University of Texas, Austin, TX

2003    Bachelor of Fine Arts, Studio Art The School of the Art Institute of Chicago


Founding member of ICOSA artist collective, 2015-present, Austin TX

Texas Sculpture Group

International Sculpture Center


2022    Refinement: Work by Erin Cunningham, Rockport Center for the Arts, Rockport, TX

2020    Navigational Instruments: Work by Erin Cunningham and Sarah Hirneisen , ICOSA Collective, Austin TX

2018    These, Our Precious Scars: Works by Erin Cunningham and Alyssa Taylor Wendt, ICOSA Collective, Austin TX

2016    Figure/Heads- David Bae and Erin Cunningham, ICOSA Collective, Austin TX

2014    of a Delicate Nature: Works by Erin Cunningham, Grindstone Gallery, San Antonio TX

2011    Elemental Topographies: Works by Erin Cunningham, COOP Gallery, Nashville TN


2023   Collective Thoughts: Icosa @ Antenna, Antenna Collective, curated by Marcela Correa, New Orleans, LA

2022  fer précieux, Kommunale Galerie Rathaus Johannisthal, Berlin, Germany

           CraftTexas 2022, curated by Andres Payan Estrada, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston TX

           Points of Convergence: Works by Erin Cunningham, Andrea De Leon, Mai Gutierrez, Deanna Pastel, Icosa Collective, Austin, TX

           Texas Sculpture SLTX, Art Museum TX, Sugar Land TX

           Spatial Harmony, Icosa Members Show, Icosa Collective, Austin TX

           Austin Studio Tour, Studio Sin Fin, Austin, TX

           Red Dot Art Spree, Women and Their Work, Austin, TX  

2021  Femme Abstract, pop-up show curated by Moya McIntyre, Austin, TX

           ON THE BAYOU: Texas Sculpture Group Exhibition, Redbud Gallery, Houston, TX

           Existential Evocations, Clamp Light Studios and Gallery, San Antonio, TX

           The State of Sculpture: an All-Member Exhibition of the Texas Sculpture Group, Juried by Johannah Hutchison, Executive Director of the International              

Sculpture Center, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo TX

           METAL: Works Made of or About Metal, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

           En Mass: Icosa Collective group exhibition, Masur Gallery, Lockhart, TX

2020  Third Coast National Biennial by K Space Contemporary, Corpus Christi, TX

            Mask Collection, Curated by GD Wright, Vault Stone Shop, Austin 

            Featured artist at HIGH-CRAFT Art Market, presented by Dug Fresh Productions, Austin TX

2019  Warmly Persuasive Curated by Andy Campbell, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Los Angeles, CA

            FLASH COLLECTION Curated by GD Wright and Meghan Shogan, Vault Stone Shop, Austin, TX

            Transformation | Verwandlung, Atlelierhaus Hilmsen Resident Artists Exhibition, Monchskirche Salzwedel, Germany

            Repurposed, curated by Erin Cunningham and Amanda McInerney, ICOSA Collective, Austin TX

            Cardinal Kindreds, curated by Teréz Iacovino, Rosalux Gallery, Minneapolis MN

            National Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art Juried Exhibition, juried by Carrie Johnson, Sloss Furnaces, Birmingham, AL

2018  Feminum, curated by Loren Schwerd, Landmark Art Gallery, Texas Tech University, Lubbock TX

            Solid Gone, curated by Ben Woodson, Sordoni Art Gallery, Wilkes Barre, PA

            In the Belly of the Beast: A Metal Casting Exhibition, curated by Stacey Holloway, Stephen Smith Gallery, Birmingham AL

            Women with Their Work III: Materiality, curated by Jessica Dallow and Peter Prinz, Space One Eleven, Birmingham AL

            “Chiaroscuro: probing mystery, seeking clarity” curated by Annette DiMeo Carlozzi, ICOSA Collective, Austin TX

            Natural 20, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Los Angeles CA

2017  From Eden to Oblivion, ICOSA Collective members show, curated by Jade Walker, ICOSA Collective, Austin TX

           Juried Exhibition at The National Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art, Juror: Wassan Al-Khudhairi, Sloss Furnaces,  Birmingham AL

           XX8 Biennial Invitational of Female Artists, Fisch Haus Gallery, Wichita KS

           Good Mourning, Tis of Thee, Co-lab Projects, Austin TX

2016  The 12th Annual People’s Gallery Exhibition, Austin City Hall, Austin TX

            ‘Disparate Mythos: Women of Sculpture’, Dimension Gallery, Austin TX

            Paved Garden Dimension Gallery, Austin TX

            Cross Current International Exchange Show U.S-Japan, Wichita Falls Museum of Art, Wichita Falls TX

            INVITATION Northern-Southern Gallery, Austin TX

2015  3rd International Exchange Show US-Japan 2015, Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo Japan

            Iron Tribe Exhibit 2015, Burris Hall Gallery, New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas NM

            Texas Atomic Iron Commission: Selected Works, Hanchey Gallery, Northwestern State University of Louisiana, LA

            Post-Japan Exhibit for Texas Atomic Iron Commission, Virginia Shore Gallery, Abilene Christian University, Abilene TX

2014   Crossing Lines: Contemporary Art from Coast to Coast, Curator: Josef Zimmerman, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, IN

            Texas Sculpture Group 2014: A Panoramic View, Juror: James Surls, Lawndale Art Center, Houston TX

            Figuratively Speaking, International juried exhibition of contemporary art and the human body, Rymer Gallery, Nashville TN

            *Astreisk Big Medium, Austin TX

            “Art on the Green” 2014 Sculpture Invitational, Juror: Kurt Dyrhaug, Kemp Center For the Arts, Wichita Falls TX

            In Space: Texas Sculpture Group Members Show, Dougherty Art Center, Austin TX

2013   American Art Today: Figures, The Bascom Center for Visual Arts, Juror: Jonathan Stuhlman, Highlands, NC

            A Fresh Dozen, Red Arrow Contemporary, Dallas, TX

            Advanced Young Artists 2013 Exhibition, AMOA-Arthouse, Austin, TX

            Summoned: Cast Metal Sculpture, K Space Contemporary, Corpus Christi, TX

2012  Texas Sculpture Symposium, COOP Gallery at San Angelo Museum of Fine Art, San Angelo TX

            Texas Atomic Iron Commission Exhibition, Burris Hall Gallery, New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas NM

            Reflections of Food, Art Folk Gallery, Birmingham, AL

2011  Texas Atomic Iron Commission Exhibition, Martin Museum of Art, Baylor University, Waco TX

            Elemental Topographies: works by Erin Cunningham, COOP Gallery, Nashville TN

            Scott + Cooner: Work by Erin Cunningham, Scott + Cooner Gallery, Austin TX

            Arrested Form, Dishman Art Museum, Beaumont TX

2010  Everything Must Go, Lite Box Gallery, Birmingham, AL

            6th International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art: Artists Exhibition, Kidwelly Industrial Museum, Kidwelly, Wales

            Art and Architecture Show: LOOK, curated by Deborah Page, private residence, Austin, TX

            BAER 2009 Resident Artists show, BAER Art Gallery, Hofsos, Iceland

2009  New American Talent 24, Juror: Hamza Walker, Arthouse, Austin, TX

            Wearable Art- Biennial Jewelry and Fiber Show, Bare Hands Gallery, Birmingham, AL

            The National Cast Iron Art Exhibition, 2009 Conference at Sloss Furnaces, Birmingham, AL

            Women’s Works 2009, Honorable mention, Northwest Area Arts Council, Woodstock, IL

2008  Alumni Show, DFA Gallery, University of Texas at Austin, Austin TX

            Tangible Transience, Mimosa Gallery, Saratoga Springs NY

            “A Woman’s Work is Never Done” Mimosa Gallery, Saratoga Springs NY

            Texas Atomic Iron Commission, University of Texas at Permian Basin Department of Visual Arts, Permian Basin, TX

2007  Parts of the Puzzle, Please, Curator: Mel Ziegler E. Bronson Ingram Studio Art Center, Nashville, TN

            CRAFTHOUSTON 2006, traveling juried show, Ellen Noel Art Museum, Odessa, TX

            CODA: Part 1, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Creative Research Lab, Austin, TX

2006  Making It Together, Creative Research Lab, Austin, TX

            “Not Done Yet”, Ox-Bow Art Gallery, Ox-Bow School of the Arts, Saugatuck, MI

            CRAFTHOUSTON 2006, Juror: Suzanne Ramljak Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

            Thoughts Materialized, SNAG Annual Juried Student Exhibition, Mars Gallery, Chicago, IL,

            IRON 2006: Exhibition featuring Contemporary Cast Iron Sculpture, Curator: David Lobdell, Ironbridge, UK

2005  In Triplicate, The Southwest School of Art and Crafts, San Antonio, TX

            Fever, works by current MFA students, Creative Research Lab, Austin TX

2004  Chicago Metal Arts Guild Group Show, Lill Street Arts Center, Chicago, IL

2003  Undergraduate Exhibition for the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Gallery 1, Chicago, IL


2023    Grand Jury Award Finalist for Manifest Gallery's17th exhibition season

2019    City of Austin Community Initiative Grant Award Winner, Austin TX

2014    Director’s Choice Purchase Award, Rymer Gallery, Nashville TN

2006    Graduate travel grant, University of Texas at Austin

2006    Ox-Bow School of the Arts Fellowship, Saugatuck, MI

2006    Graduate travel grant, University of Texas at Austin

2005    Crain Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Art, University of Texas at Austin

2004    Hughes Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Art, University of Texas at Austin


Voyage Austin, Rising Stars: Meet Erin Cunningham

Sightlines: Texas Sculpture Group plans book

Artist Feature: Erin Cunningham

The Austin Chronicle, “Figure/Heads: David Bae and Erin Cunningham”, 2016

Austin Fusion Magazine, Jeana Bertoldi, “Erin Cunningham: Artist, Experimenter and Metal Enthusiast, 2013

The Tennesean, Jones, MiChelle, “Sculpture Breaks Molds: Work by Erin Cunningham,” 2011

B-Metro, Levine, Brett, “Pounded Into Shape”, STUDIO interview with Erin Cunningham, Birmingham, AL 2010

Austin Chronicle Brenner, Wayne Alan, “New American Talent Twenty-Fourth Exhibition”, Austin Chronicle, Austin, TX 2009

Nashville Scene, Critics Pick, “Parts of the Puzzle, Please” Nashville, TN October, 2007

Making It Together, Rivera, Katia, “Erin Cunningham,” Austin, TX 2006

Fever Catalogue, Campbell, Andy, “Get Rid of Those Love Handles!” Austin, TX 2005


2022    Atelierhaus Hilmsen Markerspace, Hilmsen, Germany

2019    Atelier Haus Hilmsen Markerspace, Hilmsen, Germany

2011    Visiting Artist in Residence at Sloss Metal Arts, Birmingham AL

2009    International Artist-in-residence at BAER Art Center, Hofsos Iceland


2021 University of Houston, Houston TX

2021 Texas Women’s University, Denton TX

2018    Collin College Art Department, McKinney, TX

2018    Emporia State University, Emporia Kansas

2016    Texas A&M Corpus Christi, TX

2015    University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler TX

2011    University of Montevallo, Montevallo AL

2008    Artist Lecture in conjunction with 3-person show at Vanderbilt University


2023    Co-Curated "Dream States", ICOSA Collective, Austin, TX

2019    Co-Curated “Repurposed”, ICOSA Collective, Austin TX

2018    Co-Curated “Prima Materia”, Pump Project Gallery, Austin TX

2015    Selected Curator for the 2015 “Art of the Green” Sculpture Invitational Exhibition


2019- Present Assistant Professor of Practice, Area Head of CORE III, Dept. of Art and Art History, University of Texas at Austin

2012-2019 Lecturer, 3D Foundations, Sculpture, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX

2012-2013 Lecturer, Metalsmithing, 3D Foundations, University of Texas at Austin, Austin TX

2011-2012 Instructor, Beginning and Intermediate Metals, Samford University, Birmingham AL

2011-2012 Adjunct Instructor, 3D Design, Sculpture, Foundry, University of Montevallo, Montevallo AL

2010-2011 Adjunct Instructor, 2D Design, 3D Design, Beginning Metalworking, University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL

2009-2010 Visiting Assistant Professor, Foundations, Sculpture, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA

2007- 2008 Visiting Assistant Professor, Drawing, 2D Design, 3D Design, Sculpture, University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL

2007 Instructor of Record, 3D Foundations, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

2004- 2006 Teaching Assistant, Metals Department, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX


Elemental Topography 1, Tom Smith, Austin, TX

Elemental Topography 2, Museum Tower, Dallas TX

Elemental Topography 3, Deborah Page

Elemental Topography 4, Bohn House, Austin TX


National Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art, Birmingham AL, 2019, Invited Panelist

International Sculpture Conference, Kansas City, MO

Texas Sculpture Symposium, 2012, 2013, 2014

6th International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art in Wales, UK 2010, Invited Panelist

Mid America College Art Association, 2008, Indianapolis IN, Invited Panelist for “Old Guard/New Guard”

Keen Symposium, Invited sculptor, 2007 Keen Foundry, Houston, TX

5th International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art, Ironbridge, UK, exhibition